Vietnam, Cambodia & Mekong 2019 Uniworld River Cruise

Two of the most beautiful, historic and friendly places in all of Asia, dynamic Vietnam and pastoral Cambodia are intriguing studies in contrast. Each possesses its own unique charm and social traditions, its own tragic history and complex past. In many ways, a visit here is less about the sights you see than it is about the people you meet and the experiences you have along the way.

Ho Chi Minh City offers a heady mixture of old and new while Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, surprises visitors with its charm. As the lifeblood of Southeast Asia, the Mekong teems with colorful floating villages and mementos of its French Colonial past. Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s thriving capital, is fast-forwarding to the future yet retains a provincial intimacy. And colorful Siem Reap provides the gateway to the vast UNESCO-designated jungle temple complex of Angkor Wat.

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Itinerary

Fly from the UK to Ho Chi Minh City.

Arrive at Tan Son Nhat International Airport. If your cruise/tour package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to your luxury hotel. You will be greeted with a private check-in, welcome drink and information packet at the hotel. An elegant flower arrangement and fruit platter await you in your room. Tonight, consider popping out to explore the lively Ben Thanh Night Market or one of the city’s quintessential evening cafés—either choice would mark a splendid start to your adventure.

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Dynamic Ho Chi Minh City

As Asia’s “comeback kid,” there’s something so invigorating about Ho Chi Minh City, a busting metropolis with a youthful and innovative energy—and no wonder, given that more than half the population is younger than 35. Embrace the dynamic spirit of the city formerly known as Saigon on today’s panoramic tour. History melds with the boisterous present in Vietnam’s largest city, where skyscrapers tower over ancient temples and motorbikes putter along picturesque alleys. It was founded in 1690; became the capital of French Cochinchina in the 1860s, when it was known as Saigon; and acquired its modern moniker in 1976, when it was named for Communist leader Ho Chi Minh.

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Vestiges of war—Cú Chi Tunnels

Ready for an adventure? Today’s featured excursion provides a fascinating glimpse of the Viet Cong’s vast network of incredibly narrow, booby-trapped tunnels dating from the Vietnam War. If you dare, you can even climb down inside for an up-close look.

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Village life on the Mekong

Get set for an authentic slice of daily life along the Mekong with visits to two quintessentially Vietnamese locales, Vinh Long and Cai Be, which you’ll see by sampan. Meet village elders, experience the lively floating market and visit workshops creating products made from rice. Today’s itinerary features two towns that have been shaped by the Mekong in this agrarian but densely populated region, Vinh Long and Cai Be.

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Sampans and colonial romance

Dip into Vietnam’s colorful and culturally eclectic past in Sac Dec—the former haunt of author Marguerite Duras—and the island of Gieng, which boasts a rather unexpected array of Catholic churches and monasteries. Two very different destinations await you today: busy Sa Dec and peaceful Gieng Island. Both reflect Vietnam’s multicultural history. Featured Excursion:

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Daily life on the great delta

More authentic encounters await you today, starting with a sampan ride through the floating villages lining the banks of the great river. Stop at a temple devoted to Vietnam’s homegrown religion, then hop aboard a rickshaw for a ride to a factory that makes handwoven reed baskets. Later, cruise through the canals to Evergreen Island, where village houses are built on stilts. Thousands of boats ply the waters of the Mekong—wooden cargo boats, water taxis, dredges, fishing craft. Traditional and modern elements mingle in this region, but the river rules everything.

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Cambodia’s capital—Phnom Penh

Once considered the loveliest of Indochina’s French-built cities, Phnom Penh has somehow retained much of its charm despite all the political and cultural turmoil of the 20th century. See how this fascinating city is rediscovering itself with an insightful panoramic tour and time to explore on your own. Founded in the 15th century, Phnom Penh is the thriving capital of the kingdom of Cambodia. It stands at the juncture of three rivers and is divided into three distinct districts: the French colonial area, a handsome residential district and a rapidly changing Old Town.

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: The Killing Fields—tragedy and reconciliation in Cambodia

Today’s featured excursion may be the most profound and memorable experience of your entire journey. You’ll learn about the infamous Killing Fields of the Khmer Rouge and visit a former school-turned-prison that is now a genocide museum.

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Cambodia’s vibrant cultural life

If yesterday was an exploration of Cambodia’s dark past, today is a celebration of the country’s bright future. You’ll meet young children at a local school and friendly villagers in their homes, and have a rare opportunity to receive a special water blessing from Buddhist monks. The mighty river carries you into the Cambodian countryside today, giving you an opportunity to meet and chat with locals.

Siem Reap is your base for exploring Angkor Wat, the heart of the ancient Khmer empire. The city has an allure all its own, with sprawling markets, a lively dining scene and enticing street food. You’ll disembark in the morning and transfer via executive motorcoach to Siem Reap, a place name that means, literally, “Defeat of Siam”—which tells you something of its history. It is the gateway to Angkor, the legendary archaeological site.

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Amazing Angkor Wat

Today is a Bucket List Moment kind of day, as you unleash your inner Indiana Jones and explore the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, a gigantic religious complex that is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Regarded as the pinnacle of the dazzling, inventive culture that flourished in medieval Cambodia, it is one of the most spectacular monuments you will ever lay eyes on. The next two days are devoted to the astonishing Angkor Wat complex.

Today’s lunch will be on your own. NOTE: Order of sightseeing may change on Days 12 and 13. Temple visits are subject to change due to factors beyond our control.

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: South gate of Angkor Thom Bayon and Ta Prohm Apsara show and dinner

Today you will enter the spectacular remnants of Angkor Thom, the royal city. You can see the defensive measures that surrounded the city—in fact, you’ll enter through one, crossing over the moat and passing between the stone figures lining the lane leading to the intricately decorated south gate in the great wall around Angkor Thom. You’ll also visit the temples of Bantey Srei and Bantey Samre.

You’ll have some time for lunch on your own before heading to the amazing “jungle temple” of Ta Prohm.From Ta Prohm, you’ll move on to the unfinished temple of Ta Keo. Legend has it that construction on Ta Keo was suspended when the temple was struck by lightning—an event that was considered a bad omen.

Check out of your luxury hotel and head to Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport for your flight home.

Arrive back in the UK after your overnight fight

Price Guide

Date Price from (pp)
11 January 2019 £5,709
17 January 2019 (reverse) £5,709
25 January 2019 £5,709
31 January 2019 (reverse) £5,709
22 February 2019 £4,889
28 February 2019 (reverse) £5,449
08 March 2019 £5,449
22 March 2019 £5,409
28 March 2019 (reverse) £5,409
06 September 2019 £5,209
12 September 2019 (reverse) £4,649
24 October 2019 (reverse) £5,449
01 November 2019 £4,889
07 November 2019(reverse) £4,889
29 November 2019 £5,409
05 December 2019 (reverse) £4,649
13 December 2019 £4,649
19 December 2019 (reverse) £5,209

What's Included

  • Free one-way business class upgrade when you book by 31st December 2018*
  • Save up to 30% when you book by 31st December 2018*
  • Return London Flights, other regional airports may be available at a supplement.
  • 7-night Mekong river cruise on board the 68 guest, all-suite Mekong Navigator
  • 5 nights touring inclduing hotel stays in Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap (B&B)
  • 29 meals inclduing 1 Gala Dinner
  • 13 included excersions including a visit to the famous Angkor Wat complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water